In Their Own Words

Feb 9, 2009

“Dating violence has been shown to be a precursor to adult domestic violence; it is a cruel reality for many American teens. We must teach our children what it means to have healthy relationships free from harassment, fear and physical and emotional abuse. This annual effort helps communities across the nation raise awareness of the destructive and sometimes fatal dating relationships of our teens, and promotes prevention of this violence. I’m honored to have spearheaded efforts to raise awareness here in the United States Senate, and I want to thank my Senate colleagues and our more than 50 national, state and local Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Initiative partners for their ongoing support and outreach. I would especially like to thank the Idaho organizations and teens who have become involved in this important effort statewide.”
--U.S. Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID), National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Week Statement, February 2, 2009

“A simple primer on the state of the world: women do most of the good stuff and get most of the bad. No whine, just fact. They harvest food and raise children, tend to the aged and the ill. Yet according to the Global Fund for Women, two thirds of the world’s uneducated children are girls, and, naturally, two thirds of the world’s poorest people are female. Not coincidentally, women make up only about 16 percent of parliament members worldwide. Simple mathematics dictates that if we are interested in promoting prosperity, education and good government, the United States must focus on the welfare of women… The best rear-guard action in the war on terror, for example, is a war on poverty and ignorance. You could argue that the clearest suggestion that our values will prevail in Afghanistan are the girls who returned to school even after acid was thrown in their faces to keep them in the old condition of subjugation. Their scars are a flag of freedom.”
--Anna Quindlen, “The End of Swagger,” Newsweek, February 2, 2009